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Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, The Hon. Curtis Pitt, MP will officially open the new $2.25m Endeavour Foundation Learning & Lifestyle service at Toowoomba today.
Clients of the new purpose-built service are already enjoying the benefits of the building and are particularly excited to attend today, when they will meet and share morning tea with Minister Pitt and Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo.
The Learning & Lifestyle has opened up new worlds of opportunity for people with a disability in the Darling Downs region.
It is a much-needed service to support locals with a disability to enhance their independence, confidence, community involvement and life choices.
People who use Learning and Lifestyle services have a personal plan focussed on their whole-of-life needs and enjoy a range of activities involving education and life skills.
The service is also a central hub to support people with a disability to be involved in activities in the community, including visits to Toowoomba parks, shopping centres, libraries, galleries, sporting facilities and more.
The new contemporary building at Centenary Heights amalgamates two existing Learning & Lifestyle services in Toowoomba, with capacity for more clients than the previous services.
The 45 people with a disability who attend the new Learning & Lifestyle service, along with staff, are impressed by its state-of-the-art features.
The wheelchair accessible building has a universal design to provide clients with improved space and amenities. It features reading rooms, lounges, activity rooms and landscaped gardens, and its facilities will also be available after-hours for community groups.
“Services such as this new Learning & Lifestyle are a continuation of Endeavour’s mission to provide ongoing opportunities for people with a disability,” said David.
“This modern service offers Endeavour Foundation much more scope - supporting people with a disability to live an ordinary life.
“It's a great milestone for the people of Toowoomba and for Endeavour Foundation's 60th anniversary year.”
The service was made possible with a $500,000 grant from Department of Communities and a $539,000 bequest from the late Stanley Kuhl, a former Toowoomba local.
The remaining funds came from Endeavour Foundation and from the Toowoomba Learning & Lifestyle Appeal. This was a three-month appeal to raise funds for the project and illustrated the supportive and generous nature of the Toowoomba community.
Endeavour Foundation supports more than 330 families in the Darling Downs region. More than 140 people access Endeavour’s Learning & Lifestyle services throughout the region.
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